Street Parking During Snow: 2" Inches of Snow Means Move Your Car

The City of Beacon issued an alert reminding people of the street parking rules during snow fall. Cars are subject to being towed if there is 2” or more inches of snow.

You can find a free parking lot here in A Little Beacon Blog’s Free Parking Lot Guide.

The message as sent from the City via Friday’s Emergency Alert sent via phone/email/text reads like this - just so that you have the details straight from the source:

“This is the Mayor's Office with a weather update. Snow is expected to begin mainly after 5 pm on Saturday with 6-12 inches of snow expected for Dutchess County. Remember your vehicle is subject to removal at your expense if it is parked on a city street after two inches of snow. Also please remove your vehicle from any city parking lot within twenty four hours after the end of the storm. The Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Junior Parade and Events have been rescheduled for February sixteenth. For more information, call 845 420 1232.”

Sign up here for the Emergency Alert Messages if you haven’t yet.

We wrote about it here and walked you through the process.

Emergency Alert System Ready For Beacon - Opt-In Required for Cell Phones

Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Beacon residents now have the option to opt-in to a new robo-call system sent by the City of Beacon in order to push out notifications in times of emergencies, unexpected road closures, snow closure updates, and other such messages.

Beacon residents may or may not be automatically subscribed to this Emergency Notification System. You’ll fall into either or both of these categories:

Signing up with the Emergency Alert System looks like this.  Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Signing up with the Emergency Alert System looks like this.
Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

  • Land Lines: Residents who have a landline are automatically subscribed to this technology. Alerts have already been issued in the past, so you should have received emergency notifications already. Residents with landlines do have the ability to opt out. To opt out, follow this link to the city’s website, and register (create an account) with the system. There you will see a button that says “Remove Me Completely.”

  • Cell Phones: Residents who have cell phones are not automatically subscribed, and need to opt-in via the City of Beacon’s website by clicking here.

The Emergency Alert System is is powered by Swift911, a mission-critical emergency notification system that can reach thousands of people in seconds, according to its website. The system can send out notifications via email, text or vocal phone calls known as “robo-calls.”

Ability to Target People City-Wide Or In Specific Pockets Of The City

The robo-call system can target smaller areas of the city for an isolated incident, such as a streetwide issue, or larger sections of Beacon. It can also send citywide updates. “I think it will be a good tool for us to get information out,” said Anthony Ruggiero, Beacon’s City Administrator, during his announcement of the new service at the 12/17/2018 City Council Meeting.

Example of How An Email and Text Alert Looks

In addition to the phone call you’ll get, a text and email alert will follow. They will look like this:

Happening This Weekend - 1/18/2019

Snow? What snow? Just kidding. Are you subscribed to Beacon's new Emergency Alert System? It's awesome! And has already sent a text and email alert about the dusting we got last night, in preparation for what might be coming this weekend.

If you're looking for an inspirational read this weekend, check out this journey of Beacon-based SallyeAnder, the soap (and more) company. When her father's family business was struggling, Sallie (pictured here) exited law school to step in and help out. What has resulted is a national brand, manufactured right here in Beacon on the west end of town, with the flagship store on the east end of town in the converted factory building of 1 East Main. SalleyAnder just launched a new face mask, and had a mixing party (yes, you can eat the ingredients).
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
 

Live Concert: Mighty Girl Band
Day
: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Women's March 2019 at Pohill Park
Day:
Saturday, January 20, 2019
Time: 2pm
Location: Main Street & Route 9D (near Bank Square Coffeehouse)

Martin Luther King Day at Springfield Baptist Church
Day:
RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW:
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Location: 8 Mattie Cooper Square
Times:
8:00am: Community Breakfast
9:30am: Ceremony and Annual Singing Parade and Civil Rights March.
Read about last year's parade with several quotes from participants in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

SLEDDING TIP
Memorial Park
If there is snow, you could head over to Memorial Park near Mount Beacon for a day of sledding. Make your own hot chocolate from a mix found at Homespun or Utensil.

South Avenue Park
Behind the Beacon Park and Recreation building at 25 West Center Street is a sledding hill. This overlooks the outdoor basketball courts on South Avenue. It also has a playground.

MAIN STREET SNOW TIP
Just because you're snowed in doesn't mean Main Street is! Beacon businesses are resilient (see here!), so if your local plans were canceled, you just pack yourself up to walk up and down Main Street for some warm food and shopping.

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
Hand painted and hand jeweled glasses? Yes, Luxe Optique has them from Francis Klein, one of their newest collections. See more from the line here (and OMG look for the blue ones) The line is completely customizable and uses Swarovski crystals. Consider this elegant Parisian collection of eyewear wearable art.


 
 
BOUTIQUES IN THE MIDDLE
 

L a M è r e Clothing + Goods
436 Main Street
This phrase is becoming the popular go-to phrase with women who stop into L a M è r e: "That is going to be my next purchase," because once you shop there, you can't stop. There's always something new in the store. Like these new workout shirts, floral leggings, and sports bras. You'll even find a water bottle to go with you on your workout.

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Trunk Show Alert!
This weekend Lambs Hill is hosting a Justin Alexander Fall/Winter 2019 collection preview.  Appointment slots are filling up quickly so call 845-765-2900 today to secure your appointment! Also call ahead with the snow.


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique and Lambs Hill.





This burger and other sandwiches could be yours at Barb's Butchery, who cooks up lunch on their hot grill every day. Even on most snow days.

Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 

Coloring for Adults
Day: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY

Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 



Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Button Making
Day
: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
25 East Main, Beacon, NY
Storefront Rental Alert!
Located on the other side of the Fishkill Creek, at the base of Mount Beacon. You'll be in good company on this side of the creek with Dogwood, the Roundhouse, Artifact, and a few other shops (Barb's Butchery is just up the street). One could call this area "the fringe" area off Main Street. It's happening over there with early settlers. A good space for a boutique or office.
PRICE: $800/month  SIZE: 255 sq. ft.
Real Estate Agent: Gatehouse Realty 845-831-9550
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Antalek and Moore Insurance Agency hired local Beacon and Hudson Valley talent to create their new website. Credits include Katy Dwyer Design, Kate Rabe for content, Scott Snell Photography. See their work here!
Tin Shingle
Do you need to work through unexpected Snow Days with kids? Tin Shingle has you covered with their article: "The Time Tested Snow Day Survival Kit For Working From Home With Kids"
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BeaconArts :: Open Studios
Sponsorship Opportunities are going on now for Beacon's Open Studios, one of the most anticipated interactive art experiences of the year.
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A Little Beacon Space
A Little Beacon Blog's Space is available for private rentals for your meetings, workshops, client parties, or pop-ups. Located in the heart of Beacon at 291 Main Street (inside of the Telephone Building), meeting here is easy, cozy, and inspiring.
$225 Half Day
$385 Full Day
$750 Pop-Up Shop Package
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Katie James, Inc.

New Website Launch: Katie James, Inc. is proud to present the newest website design for the Telephone Building in Beacon, NY. You've seen the building from the outside, now go inside all of the rooms and see the renovation it underwent at the helm of its owner, Deborah Bigelow.
See The Website >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting:
Join the Beacon Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd beginning at 5:30 pm at the Beacon Elks Club (900 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon) as members vote for the 2019 proposed slate.  A light dinner will be served.
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Katie Hellmuth Martin, Publisher, Writer, Designer, Photographer
Marilyn Perez, Managing Editor
Catherine Sweet, Editor of the Second Saturday Guide

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Until next week!

Mixing A Face mask At SallyeAnder - And Got New Safe(r) Skin Routines

Went to SallyeAnder Thursday night to discover their new face mask, and make our own as an activity. The face mask, just like everything else SallyeAnder creates, is made of all good or plant-based ingredients - we could have eaten the version we made, which included banana and olive oil!

Though you would not want to eat the face mask in the box that you would buy, you would just be normal and apply it to your face two to three times per week to pull out the toxins and dirt, and leave your face feeling fresh. This combo was put together for this show ‘n’ tell event only, to illustrate how natural the ingredients are, and how simple the mask is at its core.

The one we mixed (and by “we,” I mean my daughter, who was in charge of our batch) had smushed banana, but we could have gone with straight-up avocado, or pumpkin.

While in the shop, I checked off my to-do list of converting to a super-natural, minimal-chemical life for deodorant (with cancer scares around me, I’m looking at things I can easily change). SallyeAnder has a Deodorant Stone, where its salt minerals kill bacteria that cause the odor. I also am trying their face balm, Krudd Balm, to replace my morning Oil of Olay moisturizer - I need to trust the ingredients!

SallyeAnder was started by Sallie’s dad, who was a pastry chef. Her brother had eczema, and to sooth his skin, Sallie’s dad devoted himself to making soap, and the brand was born. While Sallie was in law school, the family business began to struggle. “The business was like another sibling to us. We couldn’t just let it go.” So Sallie exited out of law school in order to run the family business. “Back when my dad started in the ‘80s, people were putting anything on. Natural ingredients were a hard sell. Today is much different. People want to know what they are putting on their skin.”

Sallie has been heading up the business ever since. Three children of her own later, she says that she is so glad that Beacon is their home for the business. Having a nationwide soap brand with their flagship store right here on the east end of Beacon - who also manufactures on the west end of town - is pretty handy. And by handy I mean AWESOME.

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12 Hours Left! Parent and Community Input Wanted From Beacon City School District

The Beacon City School District has produced very fine students over several generations, and the district itself has seen the best of times and the worst of times. Its current administration has been hard at work to create a connection with the community, to get information to them, as well as get information from them.

With the start of the new year, Beacon’s Superintendent, Matthew Landahl, invited the Beacon education community (parents on the school newsletter, and readers of his school blog) to participate in a “thought exchange” about how to improve the school experience for the Beacon graduate.

Dr. Landahl wrote: “In November 2017, the Beacon Board of Education endorsed and launched a long-range planning process for the district that will result in a focused and aligned community vision of student success beyond school. Having engaged the community in the identification of the most critical attributes of success for a Beacon graduate, the district now seeks to improve the district’s ability to ensure that every child develops those same qualities.”

This is your chance to contribute any thoughts you’ve had over the course of ever, of what you wish the Beacon City School District provided, or for what you are thankful that they currently provide and want to voice your opinion that it remains.

The ThoughtExchange survey takes 5-10 minutes and is very easy. You can put in a number of thoughts. There are word count limitations, so it keeps you brief. You can remain anonymous, and others can read the thoughts, and even rate them. You can skip the rating part if you wish, and just read others to expand your vision. Or you can just drop your thoughts and go!

You can start the survey here. You do not need to be a parent in the district, and can simply be a person living here. The district, teachers and administrators have been very open to suggestions, so use this opportunity to voice your ideas.

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum to Offers 2nd “Free Pizza and Play Night” for Families of Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

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The first Free Pizza and Play Night from The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum was appreciated by many. They have decided to host a second one. Local families of federal employees affected by the current government shutdown are invited to a 2nd night of free pizza and play on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The first event, held on Thursday, January 10 was well received. "Attendees at our event last week were very happy to see fellow employees, and meet others who are also in their same situation,” said Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director of the museum. "We had some older children attend also. We had some STEM activities set up for them to do. Everyone had fun."

Participants of the museum’s first free night for federal employees are encouraged attend again. New families are welcome for a night of food and fellowship. A buffet dinner will be provided, including pizza generously donated by Chef Joel Trocino of Amici’s Restaurant, 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

Free admission to the event is for two adults (one of whom must be a federal employee) and their children living in same household. Couples, singles and seniors without children are also welcome to attend this event and join in for dinner, conversation and play. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Tickets may be reserved online at: http://bit.ly/MHCMFederalFreeNight or by calling the museum during business hours at (845) 471-0589.

The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station and fabulous restaurants.

40th Anniversary Celebration for Howland Cultural Center in May: Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities

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The Howland Cultural Center is celebrating their 40th Anniversary, and you are invited to attend and participate. Ticket reservations and Sponsorships are available now. The celebration is in honor Florence Northcutt and the Howland Public Library for their many contributions to the cultural and social life of Beacon. The celebration will take place at the Roundhouse, 2 East Main Street, Beacon, on Wednesday, May 15th, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Please contact 845.831.4988 or information@howlandculturalcenter.org to learn about major sponsorship benefits.
Learn More >

The Howland Chamber Music Circle - The Musical Jewel Accessible To So Many In Beacon

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Some cities have symphony halls. Beacon has a group of professional musicians who started meeting in someone’s living room, who now play regularly in the Howland Cultural Center on Main Street in Beacon, NY. The group is the Howland Chamber Music Circle, and you have most likely attended one of their performances or kids instrument petting zoos.

This is a great place to perform. It’s like being inside an instrument itself.
— A Howland Chamber Music Circle Performer

For several Beaconites, listening to this amazing grade of music is an every Sunday afternoon kind of thing. We may not realize just what we have at our fingertips inside of the Howland Cultural Center, whose unique architecture has special acoustic advantages in which world reknowned musicians come together to play, so we asked the Howland Chamber Music Circle to recall their history for our readers so that we may better understand this group who is now popping up in other locations throughout Beacon and the Hudson Valley. A board member of the Howland Chamber Music Circle, James Lichtenberg, researched and wrote this article for you:

The Chamber of the Howland Chamber Music Circle Was A Living Room in the 1980’s

Gwen and Bill Stevens, Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC) co-founders.  Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

Gwen and Bill Stevens, Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC) co-founders.
Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

The Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC), located in Beacon, NY and founded in 1993, in the verdant valley of the Hudson River, began in the 1980s, appropriately enough, in a chamber… the living room of HCMC founders, Gwen and Bill Stevens, (who, sadly passed away in 2018). Gwen was an accomplished musician, teaching piano at Vassar. Friends and neighbors would arrive to enjoy spontaneous performances by other artists whom Gwen invited to play on their two gorgeous Steinway grand pianos.

One of the more frequent attendees, Polly Gage, suggested to Gwen that they also promote house concerts for gifted young musicians. With the assistance of a friend and fellow pianist, Ed Loizides, and contacting their respective alma maters, Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, they began the process of finding young talent, expertly aided by Robert Besen then of the Concert Artists Guild. Besen was taken by Gwen’s enthusiasm and made it possible for her and an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers, to learn the ropes of bringing exciting programs to a growing audience.

Howland Chamber Music Circle Outgrows The Living Room

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

As the number of attendees swelled, home venues grew inadequate. Gwen began to think about a venue for wider audiences somewhere in Southern Dutchess County. Among the considerations was a music barge in the Hudson River itself.

Then, in 1992, Gwen and Bill attended an exhibit of historic photos at the Howland Cultural Center, located at the far end of Beacon’s Main Street. The Center’s building, a gothic jewel designed by Richard Morris Hunt, features walls of richly-carved wood beneath an open vaulted ceiling, a space capable of seating 120 people. Not surprisingly, the two HCMC founders were struck by the potential of that space for chamber music.

First HCMC Concerts Start In Howland Cultural Center In 1993

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

The Howland Cultural Center agreed to produce a series of concerts under their auspices. The premier three-concert season in 1993-1994 featured the Meridian Brass Ensemble, the St. Laurence String Quartet and a string duo of Ayako Yoshida and Semyon Fridman. As Mr. Besen remembers, “(If) a walk around the Howland Center (quite different from today) was…more than a little scary, the concert was well attended. The venue was…magnificent…. Over the years I’ve booked 39 performances.”

You can walk out of your house and hear world-class artists just a few blocks away.
— One Beaconite

With the increasing abilities of the Stevens and their associates to secure talent, the growing annual programs became a staple of the Hudson Valley music calendar, with the unique venue a draw in its own right for both listeners and artists, who were only too happy to return to play in subsequent seasons. As one performer put it, “This is a great place to perform. It’s like being inside an instrument itself.” The sell-out audiences, standing and clapping for encores add, no doubt, to their pleasure. One Beaconite, also a musician, exclaimed, “you can walk out of your house and hear world-class artists just a few blocks away.”

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

Photo Credit: Howland Chamber Music Circle

With continuing success in the early years, it became evident that the “Circle” should be more formally established to ensure its future. In April 1999, it was incorporated as a not-for-profit membership corporation, independent of the Howland Center.

Twenty five years later, its annual offerings have grown to include a 12-concert season: 4 pianists and 8 chamber music groups -- with Sunday afternoon performances (in the 2018/19 season) including the Juilliard and Brentano String Quartets, and pianists Jeremy Denk, and Simone Dinnerstein. Along with its dozen formal concerts, the Circle also hosts a number of pop-up concerts in other Beacon venues, a Classics for Kids series, co-sponsored by the HCC, as well music residencies in local high schools. To celebrate its founders on the 25th Anniversary, HCMC commissioned a beautiful string quarter by local composer Debra Kaye performed in the spring of 2018 by the Voxare String Quartet.

The 2018/19 season also reflects the continuing aspirations of HCMC to take new paths and broaden its appeal, including this season’s “concertante” approach, adding soloists to the quartets, like the Oboist James Austin Smith, who performed with the Telegraph Quartet, harpist Bridget Kibbey, who will join the Daedalus Quartet, as well as rising violinist, Alexi Kenny partnered with pianist Renana Gutman. In addition, there will be a break-out “living-room” performance by the So Percussion group, whom the New York Times called “exceptionally inventive with instruments galore!”

Established and applauded as it may now be, the Howland Chamber Music Circle is not content to rest on its laurels. Rather, it is dedicated to continuing the inspiration of its founders in finding ever new ways to bring broad and engaging programs of music to its supportive community in Beacon and beyond. The hills of the Hudson Valley are indeed alive with the sound of music.

Learn about and buy tickets to upcoming concerts, and learn about how to support the Howland Music Circle with donations.

Second Saturday! Beacon Gallery Openings for January 2019

Some of the Art Gallery Openings in Beacon, NY, for January 2019. Clockwise from top right: Beacon Fine Art Gallery at the Inn and Spa at Beacon; Monochrome photography show at the Howland Cultural Center; Amanda E. Gross at Catalyst Gallery; imPerfect Poetics of Place group show at Hudson Beach Glass; and Walter DE Maria’s 360° I Ching/64 Sculptures at Dia.

Some of the Art Gallery Openings in Beacon, NY, for January 2019. Clockwise from top right: Beacon Fine Art Gallery at the Inn and Spa at Beacon; Monochrome photography show at the Howland Cultural Center; Amanda E. Gross at Catalyst Gallery; imPerfect Poetics of Place group show at Hudson Beach Glass; and Walter DE Maria’s 360° I Ching/64 Sculptures at Dia.

It’s the Second Saturday of the month, but it’s also the first Second Saturday of the year! Celebrate the calendar’s turn, maybe consider making an art-related resolution (or a revolution, maybe): Visit one new gallery every Second Saturday, or talk with one artist, or pick up just a card. For any and all art around town, we've got it covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide.

The Inn and Spa at Beacon gets a fresh look in its Beacon Fine Art Gallery, with a variety of artists showing new work. At the Howland Cultural Center, a show opens to celebrate monochrome - practice finding a new perspective on dreary gray winter days, hopefully?. Or you could whiplash yourself in the other direction, with supersaturated, vibrant works from Amanda E. Gross at Catalyst Gallery. Stop by Hudson Beach Glass’ upstairs gallery to re-connect with TheoGanz Studio owner Eleni Smolen, who curated The imPerfect Poetics of Place. At Dia, this weekend holds your last chance to see Walter De Maria’s vast 360° I Ching/64 Sculptures, and your first chance to see the reopening of the Dorothea Rockburne galleries. Clutter, RiverWinds, No.3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works, and bau have new openings, while Mother Gallery, BIRE, and Oak Vino are showcasing current shows just a bit longer. Check the Guide for details!

Happening This Weekend - 1/11/2019


Happy Sunshine!!
TGIF, and we highly encourage you to have a dance party with yourself in your office or at home. Celebrate the weekend.

It's the first Second Saturday of 2019, and the Art Galleries in Beacon have really good exhibitions to show you. In these cold winter months, do you know where it is the coziest? In an Art Gallery on an opening day/night, and the days after. Take yourself on a walking tour of Beacon's Art Galleries anytime with the help of A Little Beacon Blog's Guide.


Second Saturday Art Gallery Sneak Preview

Those who loved Theo Ganz Studio (it has since closed its storefront, replaced by the boutique Lauren + Riley) have a chance to see the curator's efforts, Eleni Smolen, at Hudson Beach Glass with The imPerfect Poetics of Place, in which a dozen artists explore diverse landscapes, from big sky to big city, via hologram, photographs, paint, sculpture and drawing. Participating artists include Joseph Ayers, Samantha Beste, Cathy Cook, Jill Enfield, Elana Goren, Kevin Kearns, Meelia Kelly, Flynn Larsen, Herman Roggeman, Ooloosie Saila, Emma Tapley, as well as “anonymous creatures.”

More Sneak Peek Photos:
VIEW SECOND SATURDAY GUIDE
PS: We now have a new Sponsorship Package for the Art Gallery Guide, for galleries and those who want to support them.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.
 

Book Signing: Manos Sucias/Dirty Hands
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 3-8pm
Location: No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works, 469 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Wing Wars 2019 East
Day
: Saturday, January 12 2019
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Ramada Inn, 542 U.S. 9, Fishkill, NY
Information >

Movies That Matter Beacon presents: Survivors Guide to Prison
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 7-10pm (7:30pm film)
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY
Information >

The Artichoke - Live Storytelling Comes To Beacon!
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: The Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Howland Chamber Music Circle Presents Natasha Paremski
Day
: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.

 

La Mère Clothing + Goods Pop-Up Shop
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: The Blushery, 528 Main St, Beacon, NY




 
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
In your hand, this line of minimalist Japanese luxury eye wear is extremely light and precious - as precious as the metal used in the frames' design. 10 eyevan is the name of this collection (see all of frames here) and they use solid Japanese titanium, plated with heavy metal gold and silver. Solid sterling silver is on the temple to balance the frame, and the nose pads are made from mother of pearl. Ultimate luxury. Go in to Luxe Optique to hold a pair yourself to see what we mean.
 
 
BOUTIQUES IN THE MIDDLE
 

L a M è r e Clothing + Goods
436 Main Street
The first of several pop-up shops from L a M è r e starts this weekend! L a M è r e has partnered with The Blushery - the makeup and beauty lounge located down a few blocks on Main Street - to bring you a shopping experience at The Blushery (528 Main Street) from 11-3pm. Exclusive merchandise will be available, including shoes, purses, coats, and more. L a M è r e's regular shop will be open as usual should you also want more from the store. Sip, Shop and Beautify with these girls!

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Wedding Planning - or dare we say Vow Renewals Planning - just went to a whole new level in Beacon at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique. Go in and experience this boutique located in the renovated factory building at 1 East Main.


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique and Lambs Hill.





Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 
BPAC: Improv Comedy!
Days
: Starting Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Beacon Performing Arts Center, 327B Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Yoga for Health, Healing, and Happiness in the New Year!
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 12pm-1pm (Satsang/Lecture), 1:30pm-5:30pm (Workshop)
Location: Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Malas & Mantras
Day
: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Bebhakti Yoga, 89 Dewindt St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 



Beginning This Week!

Mythical Creatures in Clay
Ages
: 6-11
Days: Tuesdays starting January 15, 2019
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center  477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >
 

Fabulous Fibers
Ages
: 6-11
Days: Thursdays starting January 17,2019
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center  477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Information >

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Writerly Happenings: Live Storytelling, Book Releases & New Writing Opportunities!

Hi Hi Hi! It’s Phoebe, it’s been so long, I know, did you miss me? We wanted to wait til after the holidays to round up the best of the local literary scene and now we have eaten all the brie and there are so many good writerly happenings afoot to attend! We will do them all! We are leaning in to 2019! Actually, we are so tired, we are mostly falling over, but the love of the written word sustains us, does it not?

But first we need to discuss what to read right now.  This is the transitional part, like when Mr. Rogers changes his shoes and cardigan.  (Why oh why won’t he ever pick the red one?). 

So… I’m currently reading “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz, which is threatening to turn me into the woman with too many rings on who can’t shut up about the amazingly transformational book she is reading. Also I just ate up the delicious entirety of the new memoir “She Wants It” by the creator of “Transparent”, Jill Soloway and I highly recommend, and am still working on “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje.

I also asked around and Kristen Holt-Browning, writer and editor and co-producer of Get Lit just finished reading “Northwood” by Maryse Meijer, a sort of novella-in-poems. She says it's a dark, twisty, fairytale-ish story of desire and obsession and also a physically gorgeous object, with white text printed on black pages. Sounds fierce.

Extremely well-published and well-coifed writer Lily Burana is reading “Thick” by Keise Laymon and “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” by Alexander Chee. She’s happily frolicking in the bumper crop of essay collections that have been published in the last few years.

Ok. I’m ready now. Let’s lean/fall/dive/plunge/bellyflop on in.

January 2019 Writerly Happenings 

This Weekend!

The Artichoke at the Howland. January 12th, 7:30pm, is sold out online, but not sure if there will be additional tickets at the door. Mentioning because it is just so cool that this is coming to Beacon. It’s an evening of live storytelling by The Artichoke, hosted by Drew Prochaska and featuring Sandi Marx (seven-time Grand Slam Winner, The Moth), Jeff Simmermon (Grand Slam Winner, The Moth; This American Life), Drew Prochaska (Risk!; Story Collider), Richard Cardillo (Risk!; Stories from the Stage, Susan Kent (The Moth), Micaela Blei (GrandSlam Winner, The Moth), Vanessa Golenia (Risk!) and John Blesso. Can’t get in? Well there’s another chance to do something similar on the 20th, but you must read on.

Also on Second Saturday is a book release event for Traffic Street Press’ "Trafficking in Poetry" series. The book "Manos Sucias/Dirty Hands" is a collaboration between Paulette Myers-Rich, the visual artist Greg Slick and poet Seán Monagle. A limited number of copies are available for purchase at the book signing at No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works on Main Street from 3-8pm. 

Get Lit is happening this Sunday, January 13, from 5 to 8pm at Oak Vino. The featured speakers will be authors Jessie Chaffee and Brendan Kiely, and as always, anyone who wants to read is invited to sign up to do so at the beginning of the event--bring 2 or 3 pages of original writing to share. But also if are new to writing, or sharing your writing, you answer the monthly prompt about what your New Year’s Resolutions are, and then sign up for a 1-minute slot. Literally, it’s just a hot minute.

Also In January!

On Sunday, January 20th at Dogwood at 5 pm John Blesso will be hosting the first installment of “Adult Stories,” a new and developing monthly storytelling series that intends to be like The Moth, but edgier. He’s looking for people willing to share “funny stories, harrowing stories, sex stories, emotionally charged stories, and inebriation/bad-choice stories.” If you’re interested please send him pitches for stories between 6-10 minutes long! He’s working with Donna Minkowitz and Drew Prochaska on this, if you miss The Artichoke, or just want more storytelling. All the stories!

What’s that about local memoir writer Donna Minkowitz? Funky Spunky Literature Night (Redux) is a game-show-like Community Memoir Write-a-Thon with prizes for the best sentences and scenes that audience members write about their own lives. She will be joined by professional storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. Quinn’s on January 30th from 7:30-9:30pm. She’s also got an 8-Week Memoir Writing Workshop focused on craft, particularly on using the five senses, lyricism, emotion, storytelling, and critical insight to create profound and relatable works of memoir. Wednesday nights from February 6 through March 27, 7 PM-9 PM.  To apply, please email minkowitz46@gmail.com with a one-page writing sample.

Poet and teacher extraordinaire Ruth Danon (to whom I’m a bit partial, not going to even pretend otherwise) is going to start writing improvisation classes the week of January 29th. Currently she’s planning on Tuesdays at 9:30 am-12pm and 7pm- 9:30pm, but the time can be flexible based on everyone’s schedules…The fee is $275 for 8 weeks and includes a private conference (at least one) and a public reading. Contact ruthdanonpoetry@gmail.com for more information.

Beacon’s magnificent Binnacle Books is featuring “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai for its next book club. I loved that book. So, so much sobbing. This month it’s at the bookstore, but often is at Dennings Point Distillery.

And just downstream (or not, as our majestic and tidal Hudson River flows both ways) in Cold Spring, Split Rock books has a million events, or at least 5, to get you through January and smarter on the other end.

The divine “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson was the January book club choice at the Beacon Library, and we were sad to miss it, but the pick for February is "The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper" by Phaedra Patrick and it sounds charming. The Butterfield Library in Cold Spring has a writing workshop with Susan Wallach in January and almost always a box of free books to rummage.

As always, we want to big up independent bookstores that may be a bit farther afield:

Rough Draft in Kingston has happy hours, sip and writes and plenty of other happenings; the Golden Notebook in Woodstock has a terrific lineup, as per usual; and we are wanting to go check out Oblong Books which has somehow escaped our research until now. We’ll report back next month.

Now dear reader, go put on a cardigan and some fresh slippers and get to it. Write! Read! Make it happen!

So Spooky In Beacon Today!

Spooky Beacon! School was put on a 2-hour Delay today, which I have come to be one with and have learned to never schedule meetings until after 11am because you just never know what will happen in a Hudson Valley Winter.

Photo Credit: David Martin. He’s also my husband, and wanted to freak himself out on Mount Beacon after seeing Bird Box. A movie I think he wished he didn’t see. I won’t be watching. Onward!

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Barb's Butchery - More Than Cuts Of Meat! (Sponsored)

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A Little Beacon Blog is excited to welcome back Barb’s Butchery as a Restaurant Guide Sponsor! We met Barb when she opened Beacon’s first butcher shop in December 2014 and has since become a staple in the city. They butcher grass finished beef, lamb, pork and poultry all raised in the Hudson Valley.

Barb’s Butchery is open daily from 11am to 6pm located at 69 Spring St in Beacon. The grill is on during those hours so walk-ins are welcome for a tasty meal in shop such as burgers, sandwiches (ie: brisket, corn beef), tacos and so much more. You can see her full eat-in menu here. If you plan to visit, you can call in your order for faster service.

Not only can you get your stock of fresh, local, grass-fed meats, you can order fun treats for your party such as Meatballs topped with Mashed Potatoes , a Meat Party Cake, and Meaty Muffins….yes, you just read all of that correctly. This is a meat-lovers dream!

Check out her monthly specials! Their front door is a stop on the Beacon Free Loop Bus route so there’s no excuse to not pay a visit.

Barb’s Butchery
69 Spring Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 831-8050

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum “Free Pizza & Play Night” for Families of Federal Workers Affected by Government Shutdown

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum invites local singles, couples and seniors without children, and families of federal employees affected by the current government shutdown to a free night of pizza and play on Thursday, January 10 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Free admission to the event is for two adults (one of whom must be a federal employee) and their children living in same household. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Tickets may be reserved online at: http://bit.ly/MHCMFederalemployeefreenight or by calling the museum during business hours at (845) 471-0589. Pizza will be generously donated by Chef Joel Trocino of Amici’s Restaurant, 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

This event is best suited for families with young children (ages 0-7). All adults admitted must be accompanying children and attendees must show Federal ID to enter. Parental supervision is required at all times. No drop-offs are permitted. Free parking is available at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, with overflow parking at Waryas Park.

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. Recent awards include Hudson Valley Magazine’s “2017 Best Museum” and “2018 Best Birthday Parties,” Hudson Valley’s “2018 and 2017 Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum” and “#1 in the “2018 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Hudson Valley” by Kids Out And About. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, STEM, and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections.

The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station and fabulous restaurants. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on select Monday holidays. Admission is $10.00 per person. Children under 1 year are free. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.